When we think of meditation, we often think of sitting on the floor in a cross legged or lotus position. Meditation can also be done in a chair. It is important that you are in a comfortable position to compliment your meditation practice.
Yoga Journal has a video that guides us into meditation in a chair. Give it a try!
We have been practicing Nadi Shodhanna or Alternate Nostril Breathing in our classes this week. It is a great breath practice to help clear our minds.
I found a video and website with a great descriptions of Nadi Shodhanna.
This week we will be learning the Shankha Mudra or Shell. Shankha means counch shell. Shankha Mudra deals with safety, calming effect and clarity of speech. I also found a reference that said the Shankah Mudra is good for allergies! This is great for our present time!
I have attached a printout of the Shankh and Padma mudras. Click on "download file" below!
This week in yoga week used the Lotus Flower Mudra or Padma Mudra. With all that we have experienced this week, the peace and compassion of this mudra seemed important. We also did the lotus breath during our initial time of breathing and centering.
Lotus breathing: Rest the backs of your hands on your thighs with palms up. Inhale and as you exhale, slowly bring the tips of your fingers together to form a bud. As you inhale, slowly open the bud into a flower. Repeat the opening and closing of your lotus flowers as you are comfortable. End your breathing by holding the Padma Mudra.
March 30th, Kathy S. (member of Wednesday Chair Yoga) and I will be attending "Peace of Mind Day Retreat" at the Serlingpa Meditation Center in New Bedford. It is a retreat led by a Buddhist Monk and teaches participants about relaxation and meditation while also refreshing. I have never taken a retreat like this but am looking forward to a day of relaxation and learning. That day also happens to be Holy Saturday. Seems like a good day to meditate and prepare for Easter. I will share our experiences with you.
www.MeditationInMass.org for info on the Retreat
I enjoy yoga as it brings peace to my life. Teaching yoga has brought joy to my life and given me a chance to encourage others in learning yoga.